Meade LX85 8-inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope

  • Perfect for Deep-Sky Views!
  • AudioStar Controller- GoTo - and Tracks Over 30,000 Celestial Objects. 
  • Vixen-style Dovetail Receiver- Load Capacity Up to 33 pounds.
  • Tracking for Long Exposures.
  • Includes PPEC.
  • Integrated Autoguider Port.
  • This product is currently expected to be back in stock in late 2020, per the manufacturer.
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Meade LX85 8-inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope


The Meade LX85 8-inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope has a powerful combination of portability and versatility. At just f/5 this is an ideal choice for the wide-field astrophotographer and includes an 8 x 50 viewfinder with crosshairs, and two 1.25-inch Plossl eyepieces at the 9 mm and 25 mm focal lengths.

The LX85 German Equatorial Mount's Vixen-style dovetail receiver is capable of supporting up to 33 pounds of observing equipment, including an array of different optical tubes, while the sturdy build and low-cog servo motors ensure smooth tracking performance. In addition to handling slight load imbalances, this stable mount’s built-in integer gearing motor drive allows you to track through long exposures using the Smart Drive feature to record Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC).

With the touch of a button, you will gain access to over 30,000 celestial objects and over four hours of educational content with the included AudioStar hand controller and AudioStar's Astronomer Inside software.

The Meade LX85 8-inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope Features

  • AudioStar Controller - controls the telescope to find and track any of over 30,000 celestial objects and gives you an audio guide of astronomical objects including planets, stars, constellations, clusters, nebulae, galaxies and much more!
  • Vixen-style Dovetail Receiver - capable of supporting up to 33 pounds of observing equipment and ensures smooth tracking performance.
  • Built-in Integer Gearing Motor Drive - handles slight load imbalances with ease. Allows tracking through long exposures using the Smart Drive feature to record permanent periodic error correction (PPEC).
  • Integrated Autoguider Port - readily connect your autoguider camera for an easy and straightforward astro-imaging experience.
  • Power Source - Requires 12V DC, 5 Amp Power Supply

Included Technology

Smart Drive

Smart Drive, or permanent periodic error correction, permits a professional level of drive-trate precision. The significant value of the Smart Drive is immediately appreciated during long-exposure astrophotography, where the resultant lower periodic error of the system enables improved tracking while minimizing guide corrections"


Aperture200 mm (8")
Camera/Eyepiece Connection2" Nosepiece
Dawes Limit0.58 arcseconds
Drive TypeLow Cog 12v DC Servo Motors
Focal Length1000 mm
Focal Ratiof/5
Free ShippingYes
Head DesignEquatorial
Highest Magnification400x
Instrument Capacity33 lbs
Light Gathering Power816x
Limiting Magnitude15.3
Mount Head Weight10.8lbs
Optical DesignNewtonian
Power Consumption12v 5a
Slew SpeedSlew Speed
Telescope ConnectionVixen Style
Total Weight52.5 lbs
Tripod Weight12.4 lbs
Tube Diameter239mm
Tube Length1011mm
Tube Weight18.4 lbs


  • LX85 8-inch f/5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope - with 2-inch Focuser.
  • 8 x 50 Optical Finderscope - with crosshairs.
  • 1.25-inch Plossl eyepiece, 9 mm focal length.
  • 1.25-inch Plossl Eyepiece, 25 mm focal length.
  • AudioStar Hand Controller- with software.
  • Power: 12V DC, 5Amp power supply (Included).
  • LX85 German Equatorial Mount -with Tripod, Vixen-style Dovetail. Receiver, Integrated ST-4 Autoguider Port, HBX, Aux1, Accessory Tray/Spreader, and Counterweight.